About the Author
Mass Effect
Final Fantasy X
Batman:Arkham City
Borderlands Series
Weekly Column
Champions Online
World of Warcraft
DM of the Rings
Good Robot
Project Frontier
Forums
"Music"



DM of the Rings I:
The Copious Backstory

By Shamus
on Thursday Sep 7, 2006
Filed under:
DM of the Rings

 
 

Lord of the Rings is more or less the foundation of modern D&D. The latter rose from the former, although the two are now so estranged that to reunite them would be an act of savage madness. Imagine a gaggle of modern hack-n-slash roleplayers who had somehow never been exposed to the original Tolkien mythos, and then imagine taking those players and trying to introduce them to Tolkien via a D&D campaign.

Lord of the Rings, D&D campaign
Lord of the Rings, D&D campaign


 
 
Comments (277)

  1. BeckoningChasm says:

    Very funny indeed.

  2. […] Sunday my husband asked me to go to the computer store for him after church. Why I went alone can be found here. He asked me to pick up a comic book creator program he had seen there a few months prior. I did and he set to it that same day. Yesterday he was still working on it. Over the past week he has combined The Lord of the Rings movie and the personalities of his D&D group. Basically he has made a comic strip of what would have happened had the party of gentlemen in Lord of the Rings been 17 year old gaming geeks who just want to fight giant spiders and goblins. It’s pretty funny, especially if you have ever sat in on a D&D group. If you get a moment, stop over and check it out. […]

  3. Skeeve the Impossible says:

    Whew that sure was funny, and I can HONESTLY say I have never read that before. Nope that bit was completly new to me.

  4. MOM says:

    very funny. Makes me nostalgic for the Lemon

  5. David C. says:

    Funny stuff! I’m enjoying these.

    However, I have a quibble…

    “Lord of the Rings is more or less the foundation of modern D&D. The former rose from the later…” You have “former” and “lat[t]er” reversed; if LOTR is the “foundation” of D&D, then LOTR came first. The sentence should read “The latter rose from the former…”

  6. Shamus says:

    Whoops. Former / Latter Fixed.

  7. […] I’ve never watched Yu-Gi-Oh before, but if you’ve ever seen DragonBall-Z and you’re passingly familiar with Pokemon then you’ll pick right up on what the show is about. The Abridged Series is a homemade (?) parody of the absurdities of Yu-Gi-Oh and all those others childrens’ game-promoting anime shows. There seem to be 11 episodes in the Abridged Series so far, each roughly four minutes long. They remind me a lot of Shamus’ comics in the sort of self-referential humor they employ. Great fun, I was laughing out loud at every episode. […]

  8. […] The comic starts here with the first episode. You can use the links to navigate from there. […]

  9. […] (Yes, I already know that these aren’t actually spoonerisms, they’re just swapped words. If you are a huge nerd, you’re going to have to find something else to nitpick.) Comments » […]

  10. […] The chap who’s doing DM Of The Rings, which I’ve linked to a couple of times recently, is really pumping ‘em out at the moment – one every day or so. The comics are just posts on his blog at the moment with no index, but the Next and Previous links will get you through. […]

  11. […] DM of the Rings humor RPGsShare and Enjoy:These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

  12. […] Wednesday, October 25 2006 @ 10:23 PM CDT Contributed by: corwin Views: 1 If you’ve ever been involved in role-playing games in any way ever, you simply must go read Twenty Sided.  Among the many posts on the blog, Shamus is providing his readers with one of the funniest webcomics I have ever seen: The DM of the Rings.  Picture this:  you’re a DM with a group of almost exclusively hack-and-slash players (we’ve all been there, most of us on both sides.  Except the role-player over there).  Oddly enough, none of these players are at all familiar with the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and the campaign you’re running is none other than The Lord of the Rings.I can pretty much stop describing it there.  All of the gamers reading this are now furiously clicking the links to go read this masterpiece, and everyone else has lost interest by now.  So far, the party has arrived at Balin’s tomb in Moria, and hilarity is in the midst of ensuing.  I can’t wait for the next episode…   […]

  13. Morcamil says:

    Absolutely hilarious. Reminds me of my crew when we were playing about ten years ago, huh.

  14. Vinterdaeck says:

    That’s so funny! More of that please!

  15. […] I recently stumbled across Twenty Sided Tale, a blog by Shamus Young, and found his series of comics entitled The DM of the Rings. It starts here, with DM of the Rings I, and fair warning: I nearly peed myself around number IX or so. […]

  16. Khall says:

    Actually, the progeniator of D&D is/was Jack Vance’s Dying Earth novels. This is why we have things like Melf’s Acid Missile and things. At least according to Gary Gygax. But obviously a lot of the mythos and settings were…inherited from Tolkien.

    K.

  17. Erick says:

    Very good! You’re so cruel to the poor players, though. Withholding their mechwarrior ;_;

  18. […] Speaking of AD&D (as we were) here is a webcomic called Twenty Sided. […]

  19. […] Tuesday and Thursday Bad; MWF Good Filed under: Geekery — Robert @ 8:28 am Because of this and this. […]

  20. Joreal says:

    He is right though, Mechwarrior is awesome.

    Who wants to be Clan Widow Maker with me?

  21. […] j’avais oublié de vous parler de ce bidule: DM of the Rings est un webcomic de rà´liste, qui imagine ce que donnerait le Seigneur des Anneaux, de JRR Tolkien, […]

  22. […] some time now, and I don’t generally enjoy sprite/photo/screencap comics of this style, but DM of the Rings has been consistently amusing me, at least for the first twenty-three comics. I know my RP’er […]

  23. VinnyC says:

    I always did wonder what they were thinking while they were shooting =-]

    Verry funny. :):):)

  24. Rex Venom says:

    Cool!
    How do I get a lot of dice next to my comment?
    Rock on.

  25. Arca says:

    Is it normal that the strips don’t show up? Or does nothing ever wrok for me ? :_(

  26. LOL! Its usually a bad sign if the players don’t pay *any* attention to the opening backstory…looks like we’re about to go on an interesting trip. :)

  27. Nicki-Joe says:

    That’s hilarious! I hate backstory myself ‘blah, blah, blah’, when the frig are we going to play?

  28. The Wit Farm says:

    Been a while……

    Yeah, I’ve been slacking. I took a few weeks away from work to study for a promotion test, and I kinda got out of the not-quite-well-established habit of blogging.
    Susie’s taken David to London for the day, in anticipatory celebration of he…

  29. This webcomic is awesome. I’ve been reading since one of the first strips came out, and it’s been a thoroughly enjoyable ride so far.

    Thanks Shamus!
    -blarg

  30. […] DM of the rings Our DM send us this link to a comic about LoTR as a modern D&D style game, if gamers were to play it today. I got quite a few laughs from it. Twenty Sided » DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory […]

  31. the old master says:

    As a Player and GM. This story has compelled me to follow Shamus’writting antics throughout.

    The art of humor is: Exhibiting very funny incidents seriously.

    The old master says:A world is defined by it’s occupants. I am merely here by definition.

  32. Tola says:

    Commenting on the change made.

    It’s interesting that the player of Merry is more…confrontational. Before he was ‘O.K, whatever, sure I wanted to play Mechwarrior, but…’. Now he’s actively calling the group lunatics.

  33. Muttley says:

    “Lord of the Rings is more or less the foundation of modern D&D.”

    Not really. D&D was developed out of Chainmail in 1969-71 by Gygax and Arneson, who were active before the Tolkein revival spawned the vast hordes of 3-or-more volume bad fantasy series and made fantasy overwhelmingly prevalent on the SF shelves. The Tolkien revival was brought about by the availability of the single-volume paperback edition from 1968 coinciding with its adoption by the hippy movement.

    Gygax and Arneson quoted three references in the first D&D rulebook: Jack Vance’s “Dying Earth” stories (where the magic system in particular comes from), Fritz Lieber’s Lankhmar tales of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser (rogues, thieves, sword-and-sorcery adventuring), and Poul Anderson’s Three Hearts and Three Lions, quoted as the place where the alignment system came from, although Michael Moorcock’s Elric stories were published around the same time and develop the alignment system more deeply.

    Poul Anderson was also a founding member of the SCA.

    Lankhmar is also the inspiration for Ankh-Morpork, in the same way that Niven’s Ringworld is the inspiration for Pratchett’s Discworld. Read “Strata” if you need convincing.

    The only obvious Tolkien presence is the halfling class, which Gygax said were an attempt to hitch a ride on the Tolkien-led fantasy revival.

  34. Pagba says:

    And so it begins. I might reveal some very funny things that happen in later strips but that would be spoiling, wouldn´t it? I never watched Titanic because I got so spoiled by people who did watch the film: they told me that the ship will sink. No sense watching the film knowing that, eh?

    Just keep on clicking the Next button. This gets better and better.

  35. spyder says:

    i am playing the hobbit the moment and it is called lead the quest that started it all not a bad game is there any games that i can download as i brought this one have not seen any more in the shop here can you please help me

  36. habbibte says:

    How about adding an index so I can leave, come back and not have to flip through a jillion episodes!!

    I love it, miss playing D&D on all the time. Keep up the good work.

  37. Seph says:

    lol, try using your favorites or clicking the ring at the top of the comic ;-)

  38. This pure genius! I haven’t laughed that hard in a while! LOL!!!

  39. hobb3 says:

    Hmmm… I would like to read this comic, but where it is? Maybe my browser blocks some links, but I cannot see the link. Anyone willing to help without making harsh comments?

  40. FlameKiller says:

    The start of a legacy!
    Man Tolkin would be turning in his coffin if he knew of this!
    i also hate looong intros. give me a cliff notes any time!

  41. Chris says:

    Yo, love the Dm of the rings thing, but where have the pics gone? I don’t see any of the work you’ve done one here now. NO hobbits or nothing.

  42. Chris says:

    Seems to be back now, Thanks :)

  43. FlameKiller says:

    did anyone know that there is a Lord of the Rings Roleplaying game?

    its true . it is produced by Decipher and is played with d6s.

    instead of classes it has orders. they include barbarian(Extra survival), craftsman(Bonus ranks in Craft), loremaster(More ranks in Knowlage), Magician(Spellcaster damage or healing), Mariner(Bonus for using ships), Minstrel(Bard), Noble(Bonuses on some rolls), Rogue(Bonuses for Hide), Warrior(Fighter).

    each of these Orders have “packages” which give different skill and stat bonuses. then there are “Elite Orders” which have even more bonuses but require higher stats.

    al in all, your idea of LotR D&D is not all that original. someone already did it.

  44. FlameKiller says:

    Though i have read through this and have tremendously enjoyed it. the story puts just the right twist on a great legacy.

    IT IS WONDERFUL!!!

  45. Allen says:

    I absolutely love it. As a former avid D&D player this was both nostalgic and enlightening. Just freaking fantastic.

    I am sure this is in some FAQ of yours, but I can’t seem to find it. What program did you use to catch the frames from the movie and what did you use to create the comic?

    Doc Swan

  46. Doug says:

    Tolkien influences have been all through D&D since the three little rulebooks in the beige box back in the Seventies, though. D&D elves aren’t *quite* like Middle-Earth elves, which are generally superior physically to Men, but the inspiration’s obvious, doubly so for the dwarves, and until the Tolkien estate got sniffy there weren’t “halflings” and “treants” and “balors” in D&D – there were hobbits, ents and balrogs, and proud of it!

  47. […] guy by the name of Shamus Young did a series of screen-cap comics called “DM of the Rings” (DM = dungeon master), where he re-imagined “The Lord of The Rings” movies as a […]

  48. […] Since I doubt Gygax would want people moping about, check out The DM of the Rings! […]

  49. […] the other hand, friend John sent me this lovely link: Dungeon Master of the Rings. I laughed so hard I nearly peed my pants. It’s a Web comic using screenshots from the movie […]

  50. […] genskabt et utal af gange pॠyoutube. Det er ogsॠtydeligt i tegneserier som Chainmail Bikini, DM of the Rings, Darths & Droids og Dungeons & […]

  51. […] Sie sich folgenden Webcomic auf Twenty Sided an. Hier wird die Geschichte von Herr der Ringe einmal ganz anders erzählt. […]

  52. […] When all this work is done, a GM tends to want to share all this (it’s only natural, when you pour a lot of effort in something,seeking validation is normal).  Thing is, the tendency of many GMs is to present this in the form of non-interactive presentations… (which often leads to this type of reaction from players) […]

  53. Sanjay says:

    This picture is very funny I like this his all fnny picture of the Rings The Copious Backstory.

  54. […] DM of the Rings – Lord of the Rings as a D&D module.  I cast Magic Missile at the darkness! […]

  55. […] very funny webcomic (with a completed story) best summarized by the author at the start of the very first […]

  56. […] DM of the rings : This is a very hilarious comic that poses the what if question to the D&D meets Lord of the Rings world. Using clips from the movie LOTR; the author asks what would happen if a group of D&D gamers were to play in the LOTR universe before it had ever come out to book or movie. Very, Very hilarious/true. This comic has been taken through completion. So if you make it all the way through it; you have read it all. […]

  57. […] ad Alan per avermi passato questo link, é pura genialità . Bye […]

  58. Fred says:

    I have discover and read your fabulous history on the french ludiste site, ah ah ah hilarous, great, nice …
    Happy to see your site

  59. […] it just copied another person’s idea named Shamus Young. He had started a web comic called DM of the Rings. It used screencaps from the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy to tell a narrative of a bunch of […]

  60. […] One of the Holy Grails of gaming is the “sandbox game”, where there is no overarching meta-plot, or even individual plot arcs, but where the characters are put into a world that is both realistic and autonomous, and allowed to interact in that world however they see fit. To a True Believer of the Way of the Sandbox, everything else is “˜railroading', where the GM is nothing but a wannabe novelist who wants to Tell A Story. (Like this.) […]

  61. […] Euch folgenden Webcomic auf Twenty Sided an. Hier wird die Geschichte von Herr der Ringe einmal ganz anders erzählt. […]

  62. […] prequels being played out as a tabletop RPG. It’s inspired by Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings webcomic. Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share […]

  63. […] either (a) reads my blog, or (b) keeps an eye on my Facebook where my blog propagates. Either way: DM of the Rings Posted by THOR Filed in […]

  64. […] folks are probably at least aware of Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings series. It was the only web comic I’ve ever religiously checked every day, on the off chance […]

  65. […] folks are probably at least aware of Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings series. It was the only web comic I’ve ever religiously checked every day, on the off chance […]

  66. […] folks are probably at least aware of Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings series. It was the only web comic I’ve ever religiously checked every day, on the off chance […]

  67. […] folks are probably at least aware of Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings series. It was the only web comic I’ve ever religiously checked every day, on the off chance […]

  68. Misadventurous_Mely_O says:

    OH MY CHRIST! You are hilarious and totally capture bored gamers with lower level characters and a chatty Story teller. I really think this is fabulous.

  69. Lily Springs says:

    I love the whole series of Dm of the rings Shamus, you did such a wonderful job at creating it.

    P.S. I hope you do the hobbit when it comes out. :)

  70. Codeman says:

    Well.. good stuff first off.. but really it seems to me that early d&d was more based off conan and early cheesey fantasy pulp as opposed to lotr.. from what i have read about the origins of the game this seems to be more and more the case the hobbits and ents etc. where mainly thrown in there intially as more reconizable figures in a fantasy world or really just an example i guess.. the original rules where a framework and just do not not feel like lotr at all to me.. on the on the other hand once 1e came around and certainly by 2e the lotr cliches became more dominant as the rules and the world of d&d became more standardized and cohesive as they struggled to try to bring together not just a generic fantasy framwork for a game but a whole new fantasy mythos…

  71. […] by Shamus Young’s popular and LOL-able DM of the Rings, which takes scenes for the Lord of the Rings and replaces dialogue with that of a RPG group […]

  72. […] Fan stuff, Odds and ends, News itemsMost folks are probably at least aware of Shamus Young's DM of the Rings series. It was the only web comic I've ever religiously checked every day, on the off chance […]

  73. […] just happened across The DM of the Rings the other day, and it has given me many laughs, so I thought I’d share […]

  74. […] the link: http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 – if you have any experience with D&D (or other RPGs) and have seen the LotR movies, you should […]

  75. […] you want to laugh your ass off take a look at The DM of the Rings. Its a comic where LOTR meets your average RP group. Its a completed comic so you don’t have to try […]

  76. […] av DM of the Rings och med Irregular Webcomics David Morgan-Mar som en av skaparna. En screencap serie om hur […]

  77. Gabriel says:

    I just finished the last one. Absolutely hilarious! Thank you so much! If you’re just starting to read this strip, I envy you. My sides still hurt.

  78. […] DM of the Rings which is an off-shoot from Twenty Sided. Very geeky, be warned. Hi, nice to meet you. […]

  79. […] hysterical tale of gamers trapped in an epic, DM of the Rings is created from stills (in order) from the Lord of the Rings films. The author describes the […]

  80. […] DM of the Rings: Vocઠé f࣠do Senhor dos Anéis? E de D&D? Entà£o leia. Agora. Pode ir, eu espero. Jà¡ leu? à“timo. Muito bom, né? Mas falando sério, um webcomic usando screenshots dos filmes, mostrando como seria um cara extremamente railroader mestrando a história do Senhor dos Anéis para um grupo num mundo onde Senhor dos Anéis nà£o existe? Hilà¡rio. (Esse webcomic jà¡ terminou, entà£o tecnicamente nà£o o visito regularmente… mas é tà£o bom que merece um espaà§o aqui.) Nà£o esqueà§a de ler os comentà¡rios abaixo de cada tirinha! […]

  81. Sebastian Redl says:

    Why is it that every so often, the server holding the images goes down?

  82. LotR fan says:

    very funny, did you make this with comic life?

  83. Kel'Thuzad says:

    This is now the default page when searching for “lord of the rings comic.” Congratulations.

  84. Ming says:

    LOLS! I’ll be wathcing this space..glad i found this comic!

  85. minx says:

    I think that this so cool

  86. […] I recommend starting at the beginning. […]

  87. […] is a pretty funny guy.  You really need to check out his fictonal campaign where he acts as the DM for the Lord of the Rings movies.  Great […]

  88. […] watching The Two Towers tonight reminded me of the web comic DM of the Rings. It’s pretty funny if you’re familiar with Lord of the Rings and/or Dungeons and […]

  89. Saoirse Young says:

    You should make an “archive” option if this is a finished comic, make it easier for those of us with a computer that habitually freezes and we end up clicking “next” 30 million times until we find our place again ^_^

    but this is HILARIOUS. I used to play D&D in college abut my DM was HILARIUS and very laid back. XD

  90. […] and is at its best when consumed in mass quantities. Battles can take a while, and there are often deep, intricate story details that must be carefully revealed through nuanced roleplaying and charac…. This doesn’t take into account the vast amounts of recapping, reminders, joking, ordering of […]

  91. […] of the Rings By pocaracas Hà¡ uns dias, mostraram-me este Web-comic: The DM of the Rings Essencialmente, é a história de LotR (Senhor dos Aneis), em versà£o Dungeons&Dragons, em que […]

  92. […] rest of the site as well. Shamus is a clever, pithy writer and is also the author of the wonderful DM of the Rings Webcomic. Posted in Books & Authors January 9th, 2009 by […]

  93. […] webcomic gira un poco en torno a esa idea. Todo empezó cuando Shamus Young, autor de DM of the Rings (una tira que hacà­a lo mismo para Lord of the Rings) se pregunta, luego de terminada su […]

  94. Sadohov says:

    This picture is very funny! Thanks!

  95. Poet says:

    I liked Tolkien! Thanks for this cool pictures!

  96. […] admin on Jan.31, 2009, under Internet/Movies So a week or so back I came across this wonderful site Twenty Sided and it’s absolutely brilliant DM of the Rings webcomic. Some people watch soap operas, some […]

  97. […] and Droids, a webcomic by the creators of Irregular Webcomic and following in the footsteps of DM of the Rings. In their own words, “the essential conceit of this comic is that Star Wars as we know it does […]

  98. Aragorn says:

    I playz Mechwarrior! SHAMUSYOUNG FUCKING FTW

  99. Niley says:

    Oh my God… those players are a DISGRACE to all RPGers.

  100. Iksarmonk says:

    LOL That was hilarious.

  101. […] April 21, 2009 · Filed under humour &#183 Tagged web comics I found Darths & Droids via Antick Musings.  I can’t say anything about this webcomic better than Andrew Wheeler already has so: I’ve just spent the last two hours reading through the first two-hundred-and-some pages of Darths & Droids, a fumetti webcomic by a bunch of Australian guys, along the lines of the great DM of the Rings. […]

  102. […] The DM of the Rings – Viewing the Tolkien fantasy through the lens of D&D & LotR screenshots […]

  103. […] I stumbled onto this and got a good laugh out of it.  Now if you’ll excuse me I have to roll a saving throw vs. uber-geekyness […]

  104. Jenna says:

    HILARIOUS! :D

    I love me some nerds!

  105. DuendeChema says:

    OMG this is amazing, I’m loving it ;)

  106. […] Thanks to BoingBoing for bringing this to my attention. These guys have created a comic strip based on Lord of the Rings, as if played by a bunch of ignoram…. Very, very funny. Lord of the Rings is more or less the foundation of modern D&D. The latter […]

  107. […] Shamus Young’s webcomic DM Of The Rings is a hilarious retelling of the Lord Of The Rings saga as a Dungeons & Dragons quest.  Quite recognisable – I felt I was 20 years in the past again […]

  108. […] while checking the latest posts on BoingBoing I stumbled upon the mention of this hilarious webcomic. If you are a fan of D&D and/or Tolkien’s work, you really should check this out, […]

  109. Wrathchild says:

    Congratulations on being Boing Boinged!

  110. […] DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory at Twenty Sided (via B²) — pretty funny (reminds me of that video short "Summoner Geeks" from… oh ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO?) (tagged: blog literature geek art humor comic fantasy fun parody ) […]

  111. […] DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory (tags: LordOfTheRings comics) […]

  112. […] Twenty Sided » Blog Archive » DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory (tags: lotr comics games humor comic) […]

  113. […] This Lord of the Rings parody shows how things would have went with real gamers… […]

  114. […] don't know how on earth I managed to completely miss Shamus Young's The DM of the Rings […]

  115. […] If Lord of the Rings was a D&D Campaign: The Graphic Novel. [And related: Lord of the Ringlings.] […]

  116. […] am really now sure how I came across The DM of the Rings comic strip, rather webcomic, earlier this week, but OMG, this thing had me LMAO. At times it was […]

  117. […] have been enjoying reading ‘The DM of the Rings’ a web ‘comic’ that follows a DM trying to lead a group through the Lord of […]

  118. […] would like to thank one Shamus Young for writing this comic, blog, other comic, other other comic, and column that everyone should, if you can read it as fast […]

  119. […] By kirkal D & D version of LoTR:D&D LoTR spoof. Rotfl, LOL fun. And food for thought, too, about how lame LoTR can sound/read if looked at in a […]

  120. […] avoid this comic at all costs. It’s long, and may have language that is not BAUT approves as you get further in. […]

  121. […] Posted by Tog_ Then avoid this comic at all costs. It’s long, and may have language that is not BAUT approves as you get further in. […]

  122. […] DM of the Rings By magneto Leave a Comment Categories: funny and movies The DM [“Dungeon Master”] of the Rings: It’s LOTR with dialogue as if it were dudes playing a […]

  123. […] not checking up with Kotaku or checking out Your Mom's foot fetish site I managed to bump into DM of the Rings: a comic re-interpretation of The Lord of the Rings films by Shamus Young (now on The Escapist). […]

  124. […] [*]DM of the Rings ““ by Shamus Young ““ What if Lord of the Rings were a D&D campaign? […]

  125. […] shamusyoung   Commenters who threaten anyone while here because they are not smart enough to come up with a better answer will have some due diligence done on them. Foul mouthed lefty posters beware. […]

  126. […] a Droids, the spiritual successor to DM of the Rings, is well underway and updating three times a […]

  127. […] DM of the Rings, an imagining of Lord of the Rings as a tabletop campaign, along with witty asides, player cliches, […]

  128. […] In the fine style of the Net classic > DM of the rings http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 enjoy, if you have not […]

  129. […] play them, what he has to say is worth reading. Young obtained internet fame with his now-completed “DM of the Rings” series, a free web comic that dares to imagine how Tolkien’s famous Lord of the Rings saga […]

  130. […] de persos pré-tirés, dont vous allez vivre l'histoire). Ce style est rendu comique par le site The DM of the Rings : o๠un MD qui adore Le Seigneur des Anneaux de Tolkien, décide de faire vivre cette histoire à  […]

  131. […] Kon­zept ist damit ähnlich wie DM of the Rings: Die Bil­der zei­gen die Spiel­hand­lung, und in Voice Overs hà¶rt man Spie­ler und […]

  132. […] of this is Shamus Young's take on Lord Of The Rings versus “Standard Gaming Group", DM of the Rings. Following the story to the letter the group has no fun. Sure Shamus intentionally creates friction […]

  133. […] directly… except for when I indulge in one of my newest weird habits: reading webcomics like this one or this one while having lunch or dinner. At such a time, moving instantly from comic to comic is a […]

  134. Zafrina says:

    omg, ive read all of this and im like ROTFL pretty much every single one. and going EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

  135. count says:

    Hey Shamus, I don’t know if you’d do this or not, but I figured it would be worth a shot… I just finished reading this comic and I found it hilarious. I was wondering if you had a downloadable packet of all the comics? I know you said you couldn’t publish them because of copyright issues, but I’d just like to be able to show a few people who are internet-lacking.

  136. […] Spielleiter. Was fà¼r Tolkienianer (oder Jackson-Fans) unvorstellbar ist, wird beim Webcomic DM of the Rings zu schrecklich lustiger Unterhaltung. Szenen aus der Verfilmung werden mit Sprechblasen […]

  137. Maxim says:

    Wery interest comix :)

  138. […] vbmenu_register("postmenu_121341", true); Odin Die Plagen eines jeden Dungeon Master's: The DM of the Ring Sehr geil, zwar auch auf englisch, aber sehr lustig. __________________ Molly Grue: "Und […]

  139. […] bring back Doohickey of Doom, return Raistlin’s book to the Libraries of Gehenna) or from complete lack of player interest about your background. You therefore have very limited resources (time, attention spans and […]

  140. […] When all this work is done, a GM tends to want to share all this (it’s only natural, when you pour a lot of effort in something,seeking validation is normal). Thing is, the tendency of many GMs is to present this in the form of non-interactive presentations… (which often leads to this type of reaction from players) […]

  141. […] descriptions is not always an easy task depending on your natural style (and some DM just drone on and on). But from my own experience, short, enthusiastic burst of descriptions, especially during […]

  142. […] DM of the Rings is a web-comic that was produced from 2006 to 2007.  It uses still shots from the Peter Jackson […]

  143. […] DM OF THE RINGSShamus YoungNettisarjakuva […]

  144. […] 06:52 PM DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided The Noob Comic Do You Work Here? All of these rule. I insist that everyone reads them. […]

  145. […] to introduce them to Tolkien via a D&D campaign. If you liked it, the rest are here: DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided There is also one for Star Wars and __________________ Maturity is knowing you were an idiot […]

  146. […] If you liked it, the rest are here: DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided […]

  147. […] Here’s the webcomic Dylan Horrocks referred to on the last episode – where someone recreates the Lord of the Rings movies, as if they were being played in an RPG. It’s quite funny. […]

  148. […] Most of it was on http://www.fanfiction.net and http://www.tvtropes.org, but I found an interesting blog: DM of the Rings. It’s basically the blog-creator showing what Lord of the Rings would be like if it was a […]

  149. Rose says:

    I just thought I’d let you know I made a post on my own blog suggesting people look at this one. :)

    http://www.themagicallibrary.com/tmlblog/?p=377

  150. […] good about the movies. I think that without a doubt, the best thing that came out of them was the DM of the Rings comic. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. Seriously, Shamus Young is one of […]

  151. […] Okay, so I found this really cool website with a little spoof called “DM of the Rings”. It’s hysterical. It takes LotR, and makes it out like people playing a role playing game. Super funny. You gotta check it out. Follow my pretty link! […]

  152. […] ran across a link to this comic somewhere or other. It’s pretty cool, looking at what LotR would have been like as a D&D […]

  153. […] first told you about Shamus Young back when he was doing his uproariously funny DM of the Rings parody of Lord of the Rings (as though it were a campaign of D&D). Now Shamus is playing […]

  154. […] would actually explain a few things.  Particularly this bit, which always felt a little out of place to me. Uncategorized […]

  155. admin says:

    Very nice. I love it!

  156. […] other day at work, Brendan put me onto DM of the Rings. Now if you have ever read LOTR, or seen the movie and you’ve played D&D, then you will […]

  157. […] Of The Stick, xkcd, DM Of The Rings (sadly finished), and Darths & Droids are my favorites. __________________ I wait for an […]

  158. […] Of The Stick, xkcd, DM Of The Rings (sadly finished), and Darths & Droids are my favorites. Yeah, I'm pretty nerdy. […]

  159. Admin says:

    by Shamus Young's popular and LOL-able DM of the Rings

  160. Марк says:

    DM of the Rings cool!!

  161. […] If you’re bored and have a lot of time and remember playing D&D (what ever happened to Eugene Mosier?) and like Tolkien. http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 […]

  162. […] relevent but, an amusing strip using LOTR movie stills about a group of tabletop D&D Players. DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided __________________ Kheld (65 Hnt), Kheldin (65 LM), Kheldar (65 Grd), Kheldrun (46 […]

  163. forzalove says:

    When all this work is done, a GM tends to want to share all this (it's only natural, when you pour a lot of effort in something,seeking validation is normal). Thing is, the tendency of many GMs is to present this in the form of non-interactive presentations… (which often leads to this type of reaction from players)

  164. Daniella.sk says:

    Tak takà½to prsteň by asi dobrovoľne nechcel nikto…

  165. […] DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided Posted on August 10, 2010 by timelady via shamusyoung.com […]

  166. […] other day I came across the webcomic The DM of the Rings. It’s about a bunch of gamers playing a D&D-style; game to the story of Lord of the […]

  167. […] Why I love the Internet. Posted on August 25, 2010 by wormme I’m still getting folks from Ace’s.  So there’s a good chance some of them know D & D.  Of that group, probably one hasn’t seen this great, great comic series. […]

  168. […] Going past the usual suspects, here’s a pic from Dogpile’s #8 return, at this site: […]

  169. […] DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided Hysterically funny LOTR RPG parody. (tags: lotr funny rpg webcomic d&d) « links for 2010-06-19 […]

  170. […] DM of the Rings uses stills from the movies to tell the tale as it would be if Lord of the Rings were a D&D campaign. It's great stuff, since so much of what Gary Gygax used for inspiration in the creation of D&D came from Tolkien. […]

  171. […] you experienced this working well in actual play? You don’t need DM of the Rings to know that roleplayers will gleefully trample all over many novelistic effects. I’m […]

  172. […] the premise behind Darths & Droids was already played using The Lord of the Rings films in The DM of the […]

  173. […] of the rings - http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 (a little note this links to the first of the series so it does go on for pages and will waste an […]

  174. […]  I didn’t really get into the long-running Lord Of The Rings semi-parody DM Of The Rings, but I’ve enjoyed Darths And Droids, which also re-imagines the events of famous movies as a […]

  175. […] Twenty Sided » Blog Archive » DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory (tags: gaming comics) […]

  176. […] [CHATROOM] The Readers' & Writers' Lounge DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided Haha, why haven't I read that before? PS Luck's got balls. […]

  177. Crossed upon your website, awesome article dude!

  178. […] Damage Table! Darths and Droids is a pretty good screencap webcomic (in the style of DM of the Rings), but I thought last Thursday's update (27 Jan 2011) was worthy of particular mention because it […]

  179. […] of Shamus Young, though, he intermittently includes the absolutely hilarious DM of the Rings in his blog. If you’re a gamer, you should definitely check it out. Filed under: Random […]

  180. ZenjiaoSan'noIthron says:

    I’ve read through this epic journey twice now, and still have not found the courage to peruse the final strip on that fateful friday. Someday, perhaps, I shall look upon it; but I hope not to, for then at length will the closing fully come to pass.

    I plan yet to review these early times anew yet further, and along the way I have to say thank you Shamus for all the work dedicated to such a piece of humor.

  181. Kanerou says:

    Still recommending this comic. I <3 it so much.

  182. […] look through the WHOLE thing, but it’s worth it.” And so, I gleefully present unto you The DM of The Rings Personally, I think it should rate up there with The Very Secret Diaries, but what do I […]

  183. […] his actions, I hear warning bells in my head. Word of advice: Run, do not walk, if there is a long and copious backstory. __________________ "I am the Black Mage! I cast the spells that makes the peoples fall […]

  184. […] just got done reading DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory its short but funny, especially if you are into table top rpgs and/or Lord of the Rings. […]

  185. […] DM of the rings: A very funny D&D/LOTR webcoming Has anyone seen this webcomic? It's very hilarious and I read the whole thing in one sitting, it's that good. Here it is. DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided […]

  186. […] will be a Pippin or a Saruman at best. Shamus Young said it best at "DM of the Rings." Start here if you've never read this comic before, but be prepared to lose at least an hour. […]

  187. […] structure of most media makes for a really terrible structure for an RPG adventure. For example, DM of the Rings. With that being said, you can use a linear structure as a starting point if you know what you're […]

  188. […] about Shamus Young during an interview with podcast Fear the Boot, and checked out his webcomic DM of the Rings the following morning. Six hours later, I had to bang out a few mission-critical tasks in a blind […]

  189. joey says:

    Images seem to want to come from http://shamusyoung.mu.nu/images/ which does no longer exist…

  190. […] are Order of the Stick (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots.html), Dungeon Master of the Rings (http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612) and Darths & Droids (http://darthsanddroids.net/) that you probably won't like or understand […]

  191. […] arise whenever a group of geeks sit down around a table and play Dungeons & Dragons. It starts here, but frankly, episode number thirty-seven (and it’s just caught up with the end of the first […]

  192. Brice says:

    Hi! This really is my 1st comment right here thus i i would like to provide a quick shout out and show you I absolutely love reading your blog posts. Could you recommend some other blogs

  193. […] that presents the Star Wars prequels as if they were a game of Dungeons and Dragons. It’s not an original concept, apparanty, but it strokes enough of my nerdbones to make me not care. As well as the […]

  194. […] a series about a group of roleplayers. Other series that are like this are Darths and Droids and DM of the Ring, both of which are great websites and you should give them a look when you’ve finished […]

  195. One thing I would like to reply to is that weightloss program fast may be accomplished by the right diet and exercise. A person’s size not just affects the look, but also the quality of life. Self-esteem, major depression, health risks, as well as physical ability are afflicted in fat gain. It is possible to just make everything right whilst still having a gain. Should this happen, a problem may be the offender. While a lot food and not enough work out are usually at fault, common medical conditions and traditionally used prescriptions might greatly enhance size. Many thanks for your post right here.

  196. […] det vore ren galenskap att fà¶rsà¶ka à¥terfà¶rena dem. Shamus Young gjorde en seriesida fà¶r att illustrera hur det skulle se ut, han fick sॠmycket uppskattning fà¶r den att det till slut blev blev sà¥där hundrafemtio […]

  197. […] group to follow it knowing that other groups will not readily become a frequenter of the site. In Shamus Young’s website, his layout shows nothing promising or visually appealing outside of a few elements. His […]

  198. […] times when such a thing is appropriate and appreciated, the gaming table is never one of them. (See DM of the Rings if you need a humorous […]

  199. […] blogging for quite some time, and originally attracted people to his site with a webcomic called “DM of the Rings” – which takes the Lord of the Rings movies and Dungeons and Dragons jokes, puts them in a blender […]

  200. […] Network Radio did a special interview with Shamus Young, the creator of the popular webcomic DM of the Rings. They talk about the webcomic, as well as some of Shamus’ other work including his recently […]

  201. […] Posted on April 19, 2012 by Cirdan These are awesome. LOTR Comics This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. « Minecraft is destroying […]

  202. scorpioneldar says:

    lol i love mechwarrior so i get where he is coming from
    great first page think i will read this now

  203. […] http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 This entry was posted in News and tagged comic, dungeons and dragons, rpg. Bookmark the permalink. ← Star Wars Weekends 2009, Week 4 Video of My Wife in the Supermarket → […]

  204. pedestrian says:

    I’m not sure but the MechWarriors wouldn’t have been a trope to Tales of MU by any chance? I’ve only been reading it online the last few months and I think it Alexandra Erin began it back in ’05 or ’06 if I remember correctly.

    demongirl Mackenzie Blaise does enjoy her MechWarrior “action figures”.

  205. Silverwing says:

    Good lord, this is hilarious! I think it’s especially entertaining for me because I get all the refs and jokes. I may be a girl but I’m the D.M. of my local D&D group and I’m a huge LOTR fanatic. Great job!

  206. […] je v podstatÄ› Å™ečeno vÅ¡e – narazil jsem na àºÅ¾asnའkomiks, o kterའse s và¡mi musà­m podÄ›lit. NÄ›komu možnà¡ budou k plnému pochopenà­ schà¡zet určité […]

  207. […] the webcomic DM of the Rings the players never actually appear onstage but they can be inferred to be male and mostly […]

  208. […] if one notes the racial descriptions of Elves and Dwarves. If you have ever seen Shamus Young's DM of the Rings you know how easily Tolkien's work can be translated into a believable campaign of a table top […]

  209. […] then there’s this little piece of genius. I think it was posted in the Links section of these Boards already, but it’s worth pimping […]

  210. […] place. Don’t tell me this has never happened to you. Also, I recommend checking out this entire comic. It’s […]

  211. […] horribly off-track. Anyone who’s seen the “D&D campaign as parody” of both the LOTR films and the Star Wars series can probably see that while that assertion’s funny for people […]

  212. […] to try it though, and you think you can do it despite these warnings, first go read the wonderful DM of the Rings for additional evidence along this vein of thought. Then, if you go ahead with it, please let me […]

  213. […] Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. The concept is supposedly to follow in the footsteps of DM of the Rings and Darths and Droids; which is to say that the webcomic is presented as if StrikerS is an RPG […]

  214. […] Star Wars: Episode I (The Saga Begins) as a roleplaying campaign. Apparently inspired by DM of the Rings, but funnier in terms of making sense of the weaknesses of the source […]

  215. […] a period when I discovered some entertaining looks at RPG’s and RPG culture.  Comics like DM of the Rings and Order of the Stick didn’t just introduce me to the games, they made them look fun!  […]

  216. […] a number of problems with this ambiguity occur. This was even parodied here in the web comic DM of the Rings where whether or not Frodo managed to destroy the One Ring came down to a single d20 roll and the […]

  217. […] takes a back-seat to Narrative, and the GM has a huge plot set up in advance. Webcomics like DM of the Rings and Darths & Droids firmly show what this sort of campaign looks like, by re-imagining Lord of […]

  218. […] att bara en galning skulle fà¶rsà¶ka à¥terfà¶rena dem. Shamus Young gjorde en seriesida fà¶r att illustrera hur det skulle se ut, han fick sॠmycket uppskattning fà¶r den att det till slut blev blev sà¥där hundrafemtio […]

  219. […] ” (http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0001.html) and “DM of the Rings” (http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612). I’ll be trying to cover Halo: Reach as a tabletop RPG. Don’t expect too much from the […]

  220. […] DM of the Rings (El Seà±or de los Anillos, obviously) […]

  221. […] I was part of this community called The Videogame Guild, and one of them posted something about DM of the Ring, a webcomic by Shamus Young (check the link, I swear it’s funny). It was a parody of Lord of […]

  222. […] I read this article by Shamus Young (his blog is awesome, and you should read it.  At least read DM of the Rings; if you’ve done any tabletop roleplaying, you will find it hilarious), and I started to […]

  223. […] assortment of tabletop RPG players, complete with ad-hoc improvisations from the GM.  Much like DM of the Rings (now finished), it uses screencaps from the films.  Some characters and story points are not what […]

  224. […] stumbles across the web. Mumbles used to be on a let’s play series hosted by a guy who did that LoTR web comic which I found while browsing some D&D related blog which was linked somewhere in the rpg.net […]

  225. […] DM of the Rings: A rather long, but finished, series of how Lord of the Rings would turn out if it was placed in the Dungeons & Dragons setting. You don’t have to be a fan of D&D to enjoy this comic: most of the humour comes out of how the players try to abuse every single scene from LOTR. Featured moments include: […]

  226. Darcy Perry says:

    Oh, this is even better now, years after reading it the first time! The Hobbit is out now… has anyone started on that trilogy?

  227. Ivy says:

    Well, that day has come in the shape of the new “jailbreak me” iPad jailbreak.
    It was a userland exploit and Apple patched it in about a week.
    So do you want to learn the way to get the best iPhone Themes?

  228. […] cyberpunk-tegneserien Zentak), og der er tegneserierne, der refererer til rollespil (DM of the Rings, Order of the Stick, Knights of the Dinner Table, Goblins), eller de er bygget op som Svà¦rd & […]

  229. […] DM of the Rings: Darths & Droids was originally inspired by DM of the Rings, another webcomic parody with the same premise of role playing gamers being the Lord of the Rings characters. It’s also hilarious, although I think Darths & Droids does it even better, in part at least because the Star Wars movies are active/ludicrous enough to support going through it scene by scene, while DM of the Rings necessarily skips over large sections. […]

  230. […] might be aware of the excellent DM of the Rings, a webcomic that reimagined the epic storytelling of Tolkien as a rather poorly-run roleplaying […]

  231. […] DM of the Rings and Darths & Droids […]

  232. […] I've had a lot of projects that began with a single fun idea and were fuzzy on the details. DM of the Rings is a good example of something that began half-formed and then came together later during […]

  233. […] DM of the Rings by Shamus Young […]

  234. […] those of you who think this premise sounds similar to ‘DM of the Ring‘ or ‘Darths and Droids‘ well that’s because it is. The bright side to this […]

  235. 4ier says:

    There is a bunch of messed up character encoding in the comments, but they’re almost all trackback comments, so might not be worth fixing.
    The three “real” comments I found were by:
    Pagba (wouldn´t) [page 1]
    Admin (Shamus Young's) [page 3]
    forzalove (it's) (presentations…) [page 4]

    A quick search says that ' should be an apostrophe, and … should be an ellipsis.

189 Trackbacks

  1. By Graced by Christ ? Blog Archive » Hubby’s new project on Thursday Sep 7, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    […] Sunday my husband asked me to go to the computer store for him after church. Why I went alone can be found here. He asked me to pick up a comic book creator program he had seen there a few months prior. I did and he set to it that same day. Yesterday he was still working on it. Over the past week he has combined The Lord of the Rings movie and the personalities of his D&D group. Basically he has made a comic strip of what would have happened had the party of gentlemen in Lord of the Rings been 17 year old gaming geeks who just want to fight giant spiders and goblins. It’s pretty funny, especially if you have ever sat in on a D&D group. If you get a moment, stop over and check it out. […]

  2. […] […]

  3. By Augury » Blog Archive » Elsewheres on Sunday Oct 1, 2006 at 5:31 am

    […] I’ve never watched Yu-Gi-Oh before, but if you’ve ever seen DragonBall-Z and you’re passingly familiar with Pokemon then you’ll pick right up on what the show is about. The Abridged Series is a homemade (?) parody of the absurdities of Yu-Gi-Oh and all those others childrens’ game-promoting anime shows. There seem to be 11 episodes in the Abridged Series so far, each roughly four minutes long. They remind me a lot of Shamus’ comics in the sort of self-referential humor they employ. Great fun, I was laughing out loud at every episode. […]

  4. […] The comic starts here with the first episode. You can use the links to navigate from there. […]

  5. […] (Yes, I already know that these aren’t actually spoonerisms, they’re just swapped words. If you are a huge nerd, you’re going to have to find something else to nitpick.) Comments » […]

  6. […] The chap who’s doing DM Of The Rings, which I’ve linked to a couple of times recently, is really pumping ‘em out at the moment – one every day or so. The comics are just posts on his blog at the moment with no index, but the Next and Previous links will get you through. […]

  7. […] DM of the Rings humor RPGsShare and Enjoy:These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

  8. By The Last Exit to Babylon - Twenty Sided on Wednesday Oct 25, 2006 at 10:32 pm

    […] Wednesday, October 25 2006 @ 10:23 PM CDT Contributed by: corwin Views: 1 If you’ve ever been involved in role-playing games in any way ever, you simply must go read Twenty Sided.  Among the many posts on the blog, Shamus is providing his readers with one of the funniest webcomics I have ever seen: The DM of the Rings.  Picture this:  you’re a DM with a group of almost exclusively hack-and-slash players (we’ve all been there, most of us on both sides.  Except the role-player over there).  Oddly enough, none of these players are at all familiar with the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and the campaign you’re running is none other than The Lord of the Rings.I can pretty much stop describing it there.  All of the gamers reading this are now furiously clicking the links to go read this masterpiece, and everyone else has lost interest by now.  So far, the party has arrived at Balin’s tomb in Moria, and hilarity is in the midst of ensuing.  I can’t wait for the next episode…   […]

  9. […] I recently stumbled across Twenty Sided Tale, a blog by Shamus Young, and found his series of comics entitled The DM of the Rings. It starts here, with DM of the Rings I, and fair warning: I nearly peed myself around number IX or so. […]

  10. By Purple Pyro » Blog Archive » The DM of the Rings on Friday Nov 10, 2006 at 5:10 pm

    […] The DM of the Rings […]

  11. […] Speaking of AD&D (as we were) here is a webcomic called Twenty Sided. […]

  12. […] Tuesday and Thursday Bad; MWF Good Filed under: Geekery — Robert @ 8:28 am Because of this and this. […]

  13. […] j’avais oublié de vous parler de ce bidule: DM of the Rings est un webcomic de rà´liste, qui imagine ce que donnerait le Seigneur des Anneaux, de JRR Tolkien, […]

  14. By Orichalcum Roleplaying Blog » The DM of the Rings on Monday Feb 5, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    […] The DM of the Rings: by Shamus Young […]

  15. By DM of the Rings at Abandoned Factory Blog on Monday Feb 12, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    […] some time now, and I don’t generally enjoy sprite/photo/screencap comics of this style, but DM of the Rings has been consistently amusing me, at least for the first twenty-three comics. I know my RP’er […]

  16. By The Wit Farm on Thursday Mar 8, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Been a while……

    Yeah, I’ve been slacking. I took a few weeks away from work to study for a promotion test, and I kinda got out of the not-quite-well-established habit of blogging.
    Susie’s taken David to London for the day, in anticipatory celebration of he…

  17. By Sherrie McCarthy » Blog Archive » MUST SHARE on Thursday Mar 15, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    […] http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 […]

  18. […] – http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 […]

  19. By DM of the rings - Science-Fiction & Fantasy forums on Monday Apr 9, 2007 at 5:58 am

    […] DM of the rings Our DM send us this link to a comic about LoTR as a modern D&D style game, if gamers were to play it today. I got quite a few laughs from it. Twenty Sided » DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory […]

  20. By Mooiness! » Indecisive women / DM of The Rings on Wednesday Feb 27, 2008 at 5:20 am

    […] guy by the name of Shamus Young did a series of screen-cap comics called “DM of the Rings” (DM = dungeon master), where he re-imagined “The Lord of The Rings” movies as a […]

  21. By craschworks » Blog Archive » The DM of the Rings on Tuesday Mar 4, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    […] Since I doubt Gygax would want people moping about, check out The DM of the Rings! […]

  22. By ONE PAGE LEFT on Monday Mar 10, 2008 at 11:38 am

    […] DM of the Rings […]

  23. By Still sick, dammit « Firebird Suite on Tuesday Mar 18, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    […] the other hand, friend John sent me this lovely link: Dungeon Master of the Rings. I laughed so hard I nearly peed my pants. It’s a Web comic using screenshots from the movie […]

  24. […] genskabt et utal af gange pॠyoutube. Det er ogsॠtydeligt i tegneserier som Chainmail Bikini, DM of the Rings, Darths & Droids og Dungeons & […]

  25. […] Sie sich folgenden Webcomic auf Twenty Sided an. Hier wird die Geschichte von Herr der Ringe einmal ganz anders erzählt. […]

  26. […] When all this work is done, a GM tends to want to share all this (it’s only natural, when you pour a lot of effort in something,seeking validation is normal).  Thing is, the tendency of many GMs is to present this in the form of non-interactive presentations… (which often leads to this type of reaction from players) […]

  27. By Jim’s Weblog » Blog Archive » Online Comics part 2 on Friday May 2, 2008 at 12:36 am

    […] DM of the Rings – Lord of the Rings as a D&D module.  I cast Magic Missile at the darkness! […]

  28. By The Marquis » Blog Archive » DM of the Rings on Monday May 12, 2008 at 7:43 am

    […] very funny webcomic (with a completed story) best summarized by the author at the start of the very first […]

  29. By Shadows Realm : Gaming Funnies on Tuesday May 13, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    […] DM of the rings : This is a very hilarious comic that poses the what if question to the D&D meets Lord of the Rings world. Using clips from the movie LOTR; the author asks what would happen if a group of D&D gamers were to play in the LOTR universe before it had ever come out to book or movie. Very, Very hilarious/true. This comic has been taken through completion. So if you make it all the way through it; you have read it all. […]

  30. […] ad Alan per avermi passato questo link, é pura genialità . Bye […]

  31. By Dungeons and Dragons. « Got Milk? on Saturday May 31, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    […] it just copied another person’s idea named Shamus Young. He had started a web comic called DM of the Rings. It used screencaps from the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy to tell a narrative of a bunch of […]

  32. […] One of the Holy Grails of gaming is the “sandbox game”, where there is no overarching meta-plot, or even individual plot arcs, but where the characters are put into a world that is both realistic and autonomous, and allowed to interact in that world however they see fit. To a True Believer of the Way of the Sandbox, everything else is “˜railroading', where the GM is nothing but a wannabe novelist who wants to Tell A Story. (Like this.) […]

  33. […] Euch folgenden Webcomic auf Twenty Sided an. Hier wird die Geschichte von Herr der Ringe einmal ganz anders erzählt. […]

  34. By History in the making — Dean’s World on Thursday Jul 3, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    […] prequels being played out as a tabletop RPG. It’s inspired by Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings webcomic. Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share […]

  35. […] either (a) reads my blog, or (b) keeps an eye on my Facebook where my blog propagates. Either way: DM of the Rings Posted by THOR Filed in […]

  36. […] folks are probably at least aware of Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings series. It was the only web comic I’ve ever religiously checked every day, on the off chance […]

  37. […] folks are probably at least aware of Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings series. It was the only web comic I’ve ever religiously checked every day, on the off chance […]

  38. […] folks are probably at least aware of Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings series. It was the only web comic I’ve ever religiously checked every day, on the off chance […]

  39. […] folks are probably at least aware of Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings series. It was the only web comic I’ve ever religiously checked every day, on the off chance […]

  40. By Three Hilarious Tabletop RPGs Comics - koew.net on Friday Jul 18, 2008 at 3:16 am

    […] 1. The DM of The Rings […]

  41. By The Prequel Parody | Da Dominion on Sunday Sep 7, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    […] by Shamus Young’s popular and LOL-able DM of the Rings, which takes scenes for the Lord of the Rings and replaces dialogue with that of a RPG group […]

  42. […] Fan stuff, Odds and ends, News itemsMost folks are probably at least aware of Shamus Young's DM of the Rings series. It was the only web comic I've ever religiously checked every day, on the off chance […]

  43. […] just happened across The DM of the Rings the other day, and it has given me many laughs, so I thought I’d share […]

  44. By DM of the Rings « Lair of the Dragon Mage on Sunday Sep 28, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    […] the link: http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 – if you have any experience with D&D (or other RPGs) and have seen the LotR movies, you should […]

  45. By Left Hand Band: Matt on Tuesday Sep 30, 2008 at 10:13 am

    […] The DM of the Rings […]

  46. By Left Hand Band: News Archive on Tuesday Sep 30, 2008 at 10:45 am

    […] you want to laugh your ass off take a look at The DM of the Rings. Its a comic where LOTR meets your average RP group. Its a completed comic so you don’t have to try […]

  47. By Webbserier del ett « Anders har en Ã¥sikt om… on Sunday Oct 5, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    […] av DM of the Rings och med Irregular Webcomics David Morgan-Mar som en av skaparna. En screencap serie om hur […]

  48. By All in all… « Politically Correct ØŸ on Friday Oct 10, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    […] DM of the Rings which is an off-shoot from Twenty Sided. Very geeky, be warned. Hi, nice to meet you. […]

  49. By MMORPG Info » D20 Comic Strips: The best of the best on Monday Oct 13, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    […] hysterical tale of gamers trapped in an epic, DM of the Rings is created from stills (in order) from the Lord of the Rings films. The author describes the […]

  50. By Links - Webcomics « Movimento Quodlibetário on Sunday Oct 19, 2008 at 7:18 am

    […] DM of the Rings: Vocઠé f࣠do Senhor dos Anéis? E de D&D? Entà£o leia. Agora. Pode ir, eu espero. Jà¡ leu? à“timo. Muito bom, né? Mas falando sério, um webcomic usando screenshots dos filmes, mostrando como seria um cara extremamente railroader mestrando a história do Senhor dos Anéis para um grupo num mundo onde Senhor dos Anéis nà£o existe? Hilà¡rio. (Esse webcomic jà¡ terminou, entà£o tecnicamente nà£o o visito regularmente… mas é tà£o bom que merece um espaà§o aqui.) Nà£o esqueà§a de ler os comentà¡rios abaixo de cada tirinha! […]

  51. By Friday Night Gaming Group » Good Comics on Friday Nov 14, 2008 at 1:12 am

    […] The DM of the Rings  […]

  52. By DM of the Ring | ovrnite.com presents on Thursday Dec 11, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    […] I recommend starting at the beginning. […]

  53. […] is a pretty funny guy.  You really need to check out his fictonal campaign where he acts as the DM for the Lord of the Rings movies.  Great […]

  54. By Season of the Rings « gghaley on Sunday Dec 21, 2008 at 5:27 am

    […] watching The Two Towers tonight reminded me of the web comic DM of the Rings. It’s pretty funny if you’re familiar with Lord of the Rings and/or Dungeons and […]

  55. By The Challenge of Scheduling « Buncombe Inc. on Wednesday Dec 31, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    […] and is at its best when consumed in mass quantities. Battles can take a while, and there are often deep, intricate story details that must be carefully revealed through nuanced roleplaying and charac…. This doesn’t take into account the vast amounts of recapping, reminders, joking, ordering of […]

  56. By DM of the Rings « Pocaracas’s EuroBlog on Thursday Jan 8, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    […] of the Rings By pocaracas Hà¡ uns dias, mostraram-me este Web-comic: The DM of the Rings Essencialmente, é a história de LotR (Senhor dos Aneis), em versà£o Dungeons&Dragons, em que […]

  57. […] rest of the site as well. Shamus is a clever, pithy writer and is also the author of the wonderful DM of the Rings Webcomic. Posted in Books & Authors January 9th, 2009 by […]

  58. By Darths and Droids « República Hamster on Thursday Jan 15, 2009 at 10:14 am

    […] webcomic gira un poco en torno a esa idea. Todo empezó cuando Shamus Young, autor de DM of the Rings (una tira que hacà­a lo mismo para Lord of the Rings) se pregunta, luego de terminada su […]

  59. By Dear Twenty Sided, I hate you - Gaikokujin in Training on Saturday Jan 31, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    […] admin on Jan.31, 2009, under Internet/Movies So a week or so back I came across this wonderful site Twenty Sided and it’s absolutely brilliant DM of the Rings webcomic. Some people watch soap operas, some […]

  60. […] DM Of The Rings by Shamus Young http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 […]

  61. By Fantasy Magazine » Webcomic Review: Darths And Droids on Tuesday Feb 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    […] and Droids, a webcomic by the creators of Irregular Webcomic and following in the footsteps of DM of the Rings. In their own words, “the essential conceit of this comic is that Star Wars as we know it does […]

  62. By Darths and Droids - A Webcomic « Items of Interest on Tuesday Apr 21, 2009 at 4:06 am

    […] April 21, 2009 · Filed under humour &#183 Tagged web comics I found Darths & Droids via Antick Musings.  I can’t say anything about this webcomic better than Andrew Wheeler already has so: I’ve just spent the last two hours reading through the first two-hundred-and-some pages of Darths & Droids, a fumetti webcomic by a bunch of Australian guys, along the lines of the great DM of the Rings. […]

  63. By D&D Comic Strips | Mad Brew Labs on Thursday Apr 30, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    […] The DM of the Rings – Viewing the Tolkien fantasy through the lens of D&D & LotR screenshots […]

  64. By Lisbon Gamer » Blog Archive » System Matters on Wednesday May 20, 2009 at 4:12 am

    […] DM Of The Rings […]

  65. By Web Comics - Joe Gamer on Saturday May 23, 2009 at 8:15 am

    […] DM of the Rings […]

  66. By Life in 3D » Blog Archive » DM of the Rings on Monday Jun 22, 2009 at 1:55 am

    […] I stumbled onto this and got a good laugh out of it.  Now if you’ll excuse me I have to roll a saving throw vs. uber-geekyness […]

  67. […] The DM of the Rings […]

  68. […] The DM of the Rings […]

  69. By DM of the Rings « We Study Media on Tuesday Jun 30, 2009 at 2:13 am

    […] Thanks to BoingBoing for bringing this to my attention. These guys have created a comic strip based on Lord of the Rings, as if played by a bunch of ignoram…. Very, very funny. Lord of the Rings is more or less the foundation of modern D&D. The latter […]

  70. By Stay in character ! | The Ephemerist on Tuesday Jun 30, 2009 at 6:41 am

    […] Shamus Young’s webcomic DM Of The Rings is a hilarious retelling of the Lord Of The Rings saga as a Dungeons & Dragons quest.  Quite recognisable – I felt I was 20 years in the past again […]

  71. By Stargazer’s World » DM of the Rings on Tuesday Jun 30, 2009 at 7:10 am

    […] while checking the latest posts on BoingBoing I stumbled upon the mention of this hilarious webcomic. If you are a fan of D&D and/or Tolkien’s work, you really should check this out, […]

  72. By “The DM of the Rings” Web Comic on Tuesday Jun 30, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    […] http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 […]

  73. By Linkdump for June 30th at found_drama on Tuesday Jun 30, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    […] DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory at Twenty Sided (via B&sup2;) — pretty funny (reminds me of that video short "Summoner Geeks" from… oh ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO?) (tagged: blog literature geek art humor comic fantasy fun parody ) […]

  74. By links for 2009-06-30 | Nerdcore on Wednesday Jul 1, 2009 at 2:04 am

    […] DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory (tags: LordOfTheRings comics) […]

  75. By Sitez » links for 2009-07-01 on Wednesday Jul 1, 2009 at 10:30 am

    […] Twenty Sided » Blog Archive » DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory (tags: lotr comics games humor comic) […]

  76. By .packet//LUST(dot)COM » Blog Archive » DM of the Rings! on Wednesday Jul 1, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    […] This Lord of the Rings parody shows how things would have went with real gamers… […]

  77. By The DM of the Rings « Dwell On It on Wednesday Jul 1, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    […] don't know how on earth I managed to completely miss Shamus Young's The DM of the Rings […]

  78. By Links « Stuff on Wednesday Jul 8, 2009 at 4:32 am

    […] If Lord of the Rings was a D&D Campaign: The Graphic Novel. [And related: Lord of the Ringlings.] […]

  79. By Funny D&D + LOTR webcomic. | The Recycle Bin on Sunday Jul 12, 2009 at 7:45 am

    […] am really now sure how I came across The DM of the Rings comic strip, rather webcomic, earlier this week, but OMG, this thing had me LMAO. At times it was […]

  80. By No Apollo » Blog Archive » Must read on Thursday Jul 16, 2009 at 12:17 am

    […] have been enjoying reading ‘The DM of the Rings’ a web ‘comic’ that follows a DM trying to lead a group through the Lord of […]

  81. By Chocolate Hammer » Blog Archive » One More Thing on Sunday Jul 19, 2009 at 2:05 am

    […] would like to thank one Shamus Young for writing this comic, blog, other comic, other other comic, and column that everyone should, if you can read it as fast […]

  82. […] By kirkal D & D version of LoTR:D&D LoTR spoof. Rotfl, LOL fun. And food for thought, too, about how lame LoTR can sound/read if looked at in a […]

  83. […] avoid this comic at all costs. It’s long, and may have language that is not BAUT approves as you get further in. […]

  84. […] Posted by Tog_ Then avoid this comic at all costs. It’s long, and may have language that is not BAUT approves as you get further in. […]

  85. By The DM of the Rings « Magneto Was Right on Tuesday Aug 25, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    […] DM of the Rings By magneto Leave a Comment Categories: funny and movies The DM [“Dungeon Master”] of the Rings: It’s LOTR with dialogue as if it were dudes playing a […]

  86. By Darths and Droids Review on Tuesday Sep 1, 2009 at 12:18 am

    […] not checking up with Kotaku or checking out Your Mom's foot fetish site I managed to bump into DM of the Rings: a comic re-interpretation of The Lord of the Rings films by Shamus Young (now on The Escapist). […]

  87. By Halforums Wiki Reference: Massive Web Comics List on Wednesday Sep 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    […] [*]DM of the Rings ““ by Shamus Young ““ What if Lord of the Rings were a D&D campaign? […]

  88. […] shamusyoung   Commenters who threaten anyone while here because they are not smart enough to come up with a better answer will have some due diligence done on them. Foul mouthed lefty posters beware. […]

  89. By The Right Side of the Boat » Darths a Droids on Sunday Sep 6, 2009 at 4:17 am

    […] a Droids, the spiritual successor to DM of the Rings, is well underway and updating three times a […]

  90. By Comic strips online | Quickpress on Sunday Sep 20, 2009 at 7:16 am

    […] DM of the Rings […]

  91. By Amusing interludes « Nerf the Cat on Monday Sep 28, 2009 at 1:19 am

    […] DM of the Rings, an imagining of Lord of the Rings as a tabletop campaign, along with witty asides, player cliches, […]

  92. By Fun | 365characters on Wednesday Oct 7, 2009 at 12:41 am

    […] In the fine style of the Net classic > DM of the rings http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 enjoy, if you have not […]

  93. By Better entertainment than us is available : Minor Thoughts on Tuesday Oct 20, 2009 at 11:58 am

    […] play them, what he has to say is worth reading. Young obtained internet fame with his now-completed “DM of the Rings” series, a free web comic that dares to imagine how Tolkien’s famous Lord of the Rings saga […]

  94. […] de persos pré-tirés, dont vous allez vivre l'histoire). Ce style est rendu comique par le site The DM of the Rings : o๠un MD qui adore Le Seigneur des Anneaux de Tolkien, décide de faire vivre cette histoire à  […]

  95. […] http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 a few seconds ago from Gwibber […]

  96. […] Kon­zept ist damit ähnlich wie DM of the Rings: Die Bil­der zei­gen die Spiel­hand­lung, und in Voice Overs hà¶rt man Spie­ler und […]

  97. […] of this is Shamus Young's take on Lord Of The Rings versus “Standard Gaming Group", DM of the Rings. Following the story to the letter the group has no fun. Sure Shamus intentionally creates friction […]

  98. By What’s this site running? | The Tlog - a technology blog on Thursday Nov 26, 2009 at 7:57 am

    […] directly… except for when I indulge in one of my newest weird habits: reading webcomics like this one or this one while having lunch or dinner. At such a time, moving instantly from comic to comic is a […]

  99. By Zuviel Zeit? « Fabians Weblog on Sunday Jan 10, 2010 at 4:37 am

    […] Spielleiter. Was fà¼r Tolkienianer (oder Jackson-Fans) unvorstellbar ist, wird beim Webcomic DM of the Rings zu schrecklich lustiger Unterhaltung. Szenen aus der Verfilmung werden mit Sprechblasen […]

  100. By Die besten Webcomics - Fantasy-Foren on Monday Jan 18, 2010 at 10:44 am

    […] vbmenu_register("postmenu_121341", true); Odin Die Plagen eines jeden Dungeon Master's: The DM of the Ring Sehr geil, zwar auch auf englisch, aber sehr lustig. __________________ Molly Grue: "Und […]

  101. […] bring back Doohickey of Doom, return Raistlin’s book to the Libraries of Gehenna) or from complete lack of player interest about your background. You therefore have very limited resources (time, attention spans and […]

  102. […] When all this work is done, a GM tends to want to share all this (it’s only natural, when you pour a lot of effort in something,seeking validation is normal). Thing is, the tendency of many GMs is to present this in the form of non-interactive presentations… (which often leads to this type of reaction from players) […]

  103. […] descriptions is not always an easy task depending on your natural style (and some DM just drone on and on). But from my own experience, short, enthusiastic burst of descriptions, especially during […]

  104. By This Year Needs More Color! « RegenAxe on Saturday Feb 6, 2010 at 12:06 am

    […] DM of the Rings is a web-comic that was produced from 2006 to 2007.  It uses still shots from the Peter Jackson […]

  105. By Katuoja » Blogin arkisto » 5d20+8 vitsiä on Tuesday Feb 16, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    […] DM OF THE RINGSShamus YoungNettisarjakuva […]

  106. […] 06:52 PM DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided The Noob Comic Do You Work Here? All of these rule. I insist that everyone reads them. […]

  107. […] to introduce them to Tolkien via a D&D campaign. If you liked it, the rest are here: DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided There is also one for Star Wars and __________________ Maturity is knowing you were an idiot […]

  108. […] If you liked it, the rest are here: DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided […]

  109. By The DM of The Rings » The Ink Panthers Show! on Thursday Mar 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

    […] Here’s the webcomic Dylan Horrocks referred to on the last episode – where someone recreates the Lord of the Rings movies, as if they were being played in an RPG. It’s quite funny. […]

  110. […] Most of it was on http://www.fanfiction.net and http://www.tvtropes.org, but I found an interesting blog: DM of the Rings. It’s basically the blog-creator showing what Lord of the Rings would be like if it was a […]

  111. By Happy Tolkien Reading Day! « Terminally Incoherent on Thursday Mar 25, 2010 at 9:31 am

    […] good about the movies. I think that without a doubt, the best thing that came out of them was the DM of the Rings comic. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. Seriously, Shamus Young is one of […]

  112. By LillyPad Graphics » Blog Archive » Lord of the Rings on Saturday Mar 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    […] Okay, so I found this really cool website with a little spoof called “DM of the Rings”. It’s hysterical. It takes LotR, and makes it out like people playing a role playing game. Super funny. You gotta check it out. Follow my pretty link! […]

  113. […] ran across a link to this comic somewhere or other. It’s pretty cool, looking at what LotR would have been like as a D&D […]

  114. By Shamus Plays - Quentin Hudspeth's Journal on Wednesday Mar 31, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    […] first told you about Shamus Young back when he was doing his uproariously funny DM of the Rings parody of Lord of the Rings (as though it were a campaign of D&D). Now Shamus is playing […]

  115. By Lord of the Rings as an RPG - Welcome to my world. on Thursday Apr 29, 2010 at 10:03 am

    […] would actually explain a few things.  Particularly this bit, which always felt a little out of place to me. Uncategorized […]

  116. By Extreme Nerd Alert « on Tuesday May 11, 2010 at 5:01 am

    […] other day at work, Brendan put me onto DM of the Rings. Now if you have ever read LOTR, or seen the movie and you’ve played D&D, then you will […]

  117. By Who likes webcomics? - Ultimate Metal Forum on Saturday May 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

    […] Of The Stick, xkcd, DM Of The Rings (sadly finished), and Darths & Droids are my favorites. __________________ I wait for an […]

  118. By Who likes webcomics? - Ultimate Metal Forum on Tuesday May 18, 2010 at 8:18 am

    […] Of The Stick, xkcd, DM Of The Rings (sadly finished), and Darths & Droids are my favorites. Yeah, I'm pretty nerdy. […]

  119. By Morning Linkage (Jun 30) on Friday Jun 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    […] If you’re bored and have a lot of time and remember playing D&D (what ever happened to Eugene Mosier?) and like Tolkien. http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 […]

  120. By Game related jokes - Codemasters Forums on Wednesday Jun 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

    […] relevent but, an amusing strip using LOTR movie stills about a group of tabletop D&D Players. DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided __________________ Kheld (65 Hnt), Kheldin (65 LM), Kheldar (65 Grd), Kheldrun (46 […]

  121. […] DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided Posted on August 10, 2010 by timelady via shamusyoung.com […]

  122. By Gamers and Those Who Love Them – oh I am on Friday Aug 13, 2010 at 10:18 am

    […] other day I came across the webcomic The DM of the Rings. It’s about a bunch of gamers playing a D&D-style; game to the story of Lord of the […]

  123. By Why I love the Internet. | World's Only Rational Man on Wednesday Aug 25, 2010 at 4:06 am

    […] Why I love the Internet. Posted on August 25, 2010 by wormme I’m still getting folks from Ace’s.  So there’s a good chance some of them know D & D.  Of that group, probably one hasn’t seen this great, great comic series. […]

  124. By Bedtime search string. | World's Only Rational Man on Wednesday Aug 25, 2010 at 4:47 am

    […] Going past the usual suspects, here’s a pic from Dogpile’s #8 return, at this site: […]

  125. By links for 2010-09-03 at a convenient truth on Friday Sep 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    […] DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided Hysterically funny LOTR RPG parody. (tags: lotr funny rpg webcomic d&d) « links for 2010-06-19 […]

  126. […] DM of the Rings uses stills from the movies to tell the tale as it would be if Lord of the Rings were a D&D campaign. It's great stuff, since so much of what Gary Gygax used for inspiration in the creation of D&D came from Tolkien. […]

  127. […] you experienced this working well in actual play? You don’t need DM of the Rings to know that roleplayers will gleefully trample all over many novelistic effects. I’m […]

  128. […] http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 […]

  129. […] the premise behind Darths & Droids was already played using The Lord of the Rings films in The DM of the […]

  130. By Writing Delay « Technocratic Education on Tuesday Nov 2, 2010 at 6:36 am

    […] of the rings - http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 (a little note this links to the first of the series so it does go on for pages and will waste an […]

  131. By Alastair Stephens | Weekend Edition: Webcomic Round-Up on Saturday Nov 6, 2010 at 11:06 am

    […]  I didn’t really get into the long-running Lord Of The Rings semi-parody DM Of The Rings, but I’ve enjoyed Darths And Droids, which also re-imagines the events of famous movies as a […]

  132. By links for 2009-01-30 | Rebecca Thomas Designs on Sunday Nov 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    […] Twenty Sided » Blog Archive » DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory (tags: gaming comics) […]

  133. […] [CHATROOM] The Readers' & Writers' Lounge DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided Haha, why haven't I read that before? PS Luck's got balls. […]

  134. […] Damage Table! Darths and Droids is a pretty good screencap webcomic (in the style of DM of the Rings), but I thought last Thursday's update (27 Jan 2011) was worthy of particular mention because it […]

  135. By The Alexandrian » Blog Archive » Picture of Myself on Monday Jan 31, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    […] of Shamus Young, though, he intermittently includes the absolutely hilarious DM of the Rings in his blog. If you’re a gamer, you should definitely check it out. Filed under: Random […]

  136. By My friend John | WereGamer on Tuesday Apr 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    […] look through the WHOLE thing, but it’s worth it.” And so, I gleefully present unto you The DM of The Rings Personally, I think it should rate up there with The Very Secret Diaries, but what do I […]

  137. […] his actions, I hear warning bells in my head. Word of advice: Run, do not walk, if there is a long and copious backstory. __________________ "I am the Black Mage! I cast the spells that makes the peoples fall […]

  138. By Webcomics, what are you reading? - Page 2 on Wednesday May 4, 2011 at 2:35 am

    […] just got done reading DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory its short but funny, especially if you are into table top rpgs and/or Lord of the Rings. […]

  139. […] DM of the rings: A very funny D&D/LOTR webcoming Has anyone seen this webcomic? It's very hilarious and I read the whole thing in one sitting, it's that good. Here it is. DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided […]

  140. […] will be a Pippin or a Saruman at best. Shamus Young said it best at "DM of the Rings." Start here if you've never read this comic before, but be prepared to lose at least an hour. […]

  141. […] structure of most media makes for a really terrible structure for an RPG adventure. For example, DM of the Rings. With that being said, you can use a linear structure as a starting point if you know what you're […]

  142. By Sir Ian Sir Ian Sir Ian Sir Ian Sir Ian… « Deadlake on Tuesday Jun 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    […] DM of the Rings. […]

  143. By Friday Fun: DM Of the Rings | brickcommajason on Friday Jul 1, 2011 at 11:04 am

    […] about Shamus Young during an interview with podcast Fear the Boot, and checked out his webcomic DM of the Rings the following morning. Six hours later, I had to bang out a few mission-critical tasks in a blind […]

  144. By Favorite web comics -- and why? on Monday Aug 1, 2011 at 5:48 am

    […] are Order of the Stick (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots.html), Dungeon Master of the Rings (http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612) and Darths & Droids (http://darthsanddroids.net/) that you probably won't like or understand […]

  145. By The DM Of The Rings » Rob Farquhar - Writer on Thursday Aug 11, 2011 at 6:04 am

    […] arise whenever a group of geeks sit down around a table and play Dungeons & Dragons. It starts here, but frankly, episode number thirty-seven (and it’s just caught up with the end of the first […]

  146. By Digested: 16/10/11 | Tom Alexander on Sunday Oct 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    […] that presents the Star Wars prequels as if they were a game of Dungeons and Dragons. It’s not an original concept, apparanty, but it strokes enough of my nerdbones to make me not care. As well as the […]

  147. […] a series about a group of roleplayers. Other series that are like this are Darths and Droids and DM of the Ring, both of which are great websites and you should give them a look when you’ve finished […]

  148. […] Website: http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale […]

  149. […] det vore ren galenskap att fà¶rsà¶ka à¥terfà¶rena dem. Shamus Young gjorde en seriesida fà¶r att illustrera hur det skulle se ut, han fick sॠmycket uppskattning fà¶r den att det till slut blev blev sà¥där hundrafemtio […]

  150. By No Manga Post Today! | RandomFandom Blog on Thursday Feb 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

    […] http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 […]

  151. By What does your audience see? « jakeleung on Saturday Feb 4, 2012 at 12:37 am

    […] group to follow it knowing that other groups will not readily become a frequenter of the site. In Shamus Young’s website, his layout shows nothing promising or visually appealing outside of a few elements. His […]

  152. By DnD + Herr der Ringe = episch? | Daraja OT-Blog on Thursday Feb 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

    […] http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 […]

  153. By » Set Expectations Story Papers on Friday Feb 24, 2012 at 4:43 am

    […] times when such a thing is appropriate and appreciated, the gaming table is never one of them. (See DM of the Rings if you need a humorous […]

  154. […] blogging for quite some time, and originally attracted people to his site with a webcomic called “DM of the Rings” – which takes the Lord of the Rings movies and Dungeons and Dragons jokes, puts them in a blender […]

  155. […] Network Radio did a special interview with Shamus Young, the creator of the popular webcomic DM of the Rings. They talk about the webcomic, as well as some of Shamus’ other work including his recently […]

  156. By Comics! | Elven Havens.com on Wednesday Apr 18, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    […] Posted on April 19, 2012 by Cirdan These are awesome. LOTR Comics This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. « Minecraft is destroying […]

  157. By “The DM of the Rings” Web Comic | gappage.com on Friday May 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    […] http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 This entry was posted in News and tagged comic, dungeons and dragons, rpg. Bookmark the permalink. ← Star Wars Weekends 2009, Week 4 Video of My Wife in the Supermarket → […]

  158. […] je v podstatÄ› Å™ečeno vÅ¡e – narazil jsem na àºÅ¾asnའkomiks, o kterའse s và¡mi musà­m podÄ›lit. NÄ›komu možnà¡ budou k plnému pochopenà­ schà¡zet určité […]

  159. By Seeing « Rose Glace's Blog on Monday Sep 24, 2012 at 12:21 am

    […] the webcomic DM of the Rings the players never actually appear onstage but they can be inferred to be male and mostly […]

  160. […] if one notes the racial descriptions of Elves and Dwarves. If you have ever seen Shamus Young's DM of the Rings you know how easily Tolkien's work can be translated into a believable campaign of a table top […]

  161. By Web Comics | Nova Atlantis on Tuesday Oct 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    […] then there’s this little piece of genius. I think it was posted in the Links section of these Boards already, but it’s worth pimping […]

  162. By Hail Citizen » Your Dice Are Not Your Enemies on Friday Oct 26, 2012 at 12:02 am

    […] place. Don’t tell me this has never happened to you. Also, I recommend checking out this entire comic. It’s […]

  163. By ON UNEXPECTED EVENTS « EVERYTHING/NOTHING on Friday Dec 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    […] horribly off-track. Anyone who’s seen the “D&D campaign as parody” of both the LOTR films and the Star Wars series can probably see that while that assertion’s funny for people […]

  164. […] to try it though, and you think you can do it despite these warnings, first go read the wonderful DM of the Rings for additional evidence along this vein of thought. Then, if you go ahead with it, please let me […]

  165. By Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the RPG | MidniteTease on Tuesday Jan 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    […] Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. The concept is supposedly to follow in the footsteps of DM of the Rings and Darths and Droids; which is to say that the webcomic is presented as if StrikerS is an RPG […]

  166. By Linkfest | Erica Schultz (.com) on Saturday Jan 26, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    […] Star Wars: Episode I (The Saga Begins) as a roleplaying campaign. Apparently inspired by DM of the Rings, but funnier in terms of making sense of the weaknesses of the source […]

  167. By GM in Training: The One Ring | Wilderness Dessert on Monday Mar 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    […] a period when I discovered some entertaining looks at RPG’s and RPG culture.  Comics like DM of the Rings and Order of the Stick didn’t just introduce me to the games, they made them look fun!  […]

  168. By The Journeyman GM » Thoughts on “Goblin Dice” on Thursday Apr 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    […] a number of problems with this ambiguity occur. This was even parodied here in the web comic DM of the Rings where whether or not Frodo managed to destroy the One Ring came down to a single d20 roll and the […]

  169. By Types of Games | Fistful of Wits on Friday Apr 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    […] takes a back-seat to Narrative, and the GM has a huge plot set up in advance. Webcomics like DM of the Rings and Darths & Droids firmly show what this sort of campaign looks like, by re-imagining Lord of […]

  170. By Sagan om Ringen: Jar Jars återkomst | No size fits all on Wednesday May 1, 2013 at 4:45 am

    […] att bara en galning skulle fà¶rsà¶ka à¥terfà¶rena dem. Shamus Young gjorde en seriesida fà¶r att illustrera hur det skulle se ut, han fick sॠmycket uppskattning fà¶r den att det till slut blev blev sà¥där hundrafemtio […]

  171. By RPG Comic Series- Coming Soon | Uplink Complete on Friday May 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    […] ” (http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0001.html) and “DM of the Rings” (http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612). I’ll be trying to cover Halo: Reach as a tabletop RPG. Don’t expect too much from the […]

  172. […] DM of the Rings. […]

  173. By Webcomics de rol | Tira 1d6 on Friday Jun 28, 2013 at 6:37 am

    […] DM of the Rings (El Seà±or de los Anillos, obviously) […]

  174. […] I was part of this community called The Videogame Guild, and one of them posted something about DM of the Ring, a webcomic by Shamus Young (check the link, I swear it’s funny). It was a parody of Lord of […]

  175. By The Curse of Bak’laag | Kart before the H0rs3 on Wednesday Jul 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    […] I read this article by Shamus Young (his blog is awesome, and you should read it.  At least read DM of the Rings; if you’ve done any tabletop roleplaying, you will find it hilarious), and I started to […]

  176. By Webcomics I Read (Part 1) | Kart before the H0rs3 on Sunday Aug 4, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    […] assortment of tabletop RPG players, complete with ad-hoc improvisations from the GM.  Much like DM of the Rings (now finished), it uses screencaps from the films.  Some characters and story points are not what […]

  177. By Analog Serendipity | Terminally Incoherent on Wednesday Aug 7, 2013 at 9:17 am

    […] stumbles across the web. Mumbles used to be on a let’s play series hosted by a guy who did that LoTR web comic which I found while browsing some D&D related blog which was linked somewhere in the rpg.net […]

  178. […] DM of the Rings: A rather long, but finished, series of how Lord of the Rings would turn out if it was placed in the Dungeons & Dragons setting. You don’t have to be a fan of D&D to enjoy this comic: most of the humour comes out of how the players try to abuse every single scene from LOTR. Featured moments include: […]

  179. By The Caffeinated Penguin » More bits on Saturday Sep 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    […] For all the gamers (hat tip to […]

  180. […] cyberpunk-tegneserien Zentak), og der er tegneserierne, der refererer til rollespil (DM of the Rings, Order of the Stick, Knights of the Dinner Table, Goblins), eller de er bygget op som Svà¦rd & […]

  181. By Darths & Droids « Biblio-therapy on Sunday Oct 11, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    […] DM of the Rings: Darths & Droids was originally inspired by DM of the Rings, another webcomic parody with the same premise of role playing gamers being the Lord of the Rings characters. It’s also hilarious, although I think Darths & Droids does it even better, in part at least because the Star Wars movies are active/ludicrous enough to support going through it scene by scene, while DM of the Rings necessarily skips over large sections. […]

  182. By 3 Must-Read Webcomics | Just like Sunshine on Thursday Nov 5, 2015 at 5:24 am

    […] Read DM of the Ring […]

  183. By Zeroes of Yore | The Crab-Flower Club on Monday Dec 14, 2015 at 12:05 am

    […] might be aware of the excellent DM of the Rings, a webcomic that reimagined the epic storytelling of Tolkien as a rather poorly-run roleplaying […]

  184. […] is the man: http://www.moosebutter.com/lyrics.php/3# (click at the top to listen) DM of the Rings: http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 Scroll down to comment on this […]

  185. By Webcomics Recs – Dragon Quill on Friday Mar 25, 2016 at 11:15 am

    […] DM of the Rings and Darths & Droids […]

  186. By Good Robot: The Lost Trailer - Pyrodactyl Games on Sunday Apr 17, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    […] I've had a lot of projects that began with a single fun idea and were fuzzy on the details. DM of the Rings is a good example of something that began half-formed and then came together later during […]

  187. By Five Comics about Tabletop Gaming on Thursday Sep 8, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    […] DM of the Rings by Shamus Young […]

  188. By Let the Games Begin: Comics about gaming on Wednesday Mar 15, 2017 at 8:28 am

    […] DM of the Rings by Shamus Young […]

  189. By What is ‘Screen Crashers’? – Kibbin's Codex on Monday Apr 3, 2017 at 1:19 am

    […] those of you who think this premise sounds similar to ‘DM of the Ring‘ or ‘Darths and Droids‘ well that’s because it is. The bright side to this […]

Leave a Reply to Destry

Comments are moderated and may not be posted immediately. Required fields are marked *

*
*

Thanks for joining the discussion. Be nice, don't post angry, and enjoy yourself. This is supposed to be fun.

You can enclose spoilers in <strike> tags like so:
<strike>Darth Vader is Luke's father!</strike>

You can make things italics like this:
Can you imagine having Darth Vader as your <i>father</i>?

You can make things bold like this:
I'm <b>very</b> glad Darth Vader isn't my father.

You can make links like this:
I'm reading about <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darth_Vader">Darth Vader</a> on Wikipedia!

You can quote someone like this:
Darth Vader said <blockquote>Luke, I am your father.</blockquote>